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I'm a vocalist & guitarist, based in Southern California.... I've been fortunate to play a couple thousand gigs at the very best venues, played with many of the best musicians in the world, toured several countries, had many great adventures. I play acoustic & electric guitars, ukulele, keyboards, bass & percussion. I've written music for Sony & AudioSource, scored independent feature films & documentaries, TV commercials, even a series of films produced for the California school systems, based on John Steinbeck's short stories.
I was born in Akron, Ohio, although I've lived in California for most of my life. I married the beautiful girl next door, and we're the proud parents of a fine son, who's much smarter and better looking than his old man.... He just starting his fourth year of College in August, so I'm a proud Dad. I'm thankful for my loving family and my circle of good friends. I'm also thankful to be making music & singing for my supper. It gives us joy & heals our pain.
I play & sing acoustic versions of the finest songs from the last 50 years, mostly Rock-Era songs, from Ed Sheeran, Mumford & Sons & Lumineers, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Coldplay & Maroon 5 to Dave Matthews, Sting, The Beatles, Van Morrison, James Taylor & The Eagles to The Police, Tom Petty, U2, & Bruce Springsteen. I'm learning current songs every day. My 800+ songlist also includes Country songs from Chris Stapleton, The Zac Brown Band, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts & many others. I can also cover a good selection of Standards, songs by Sinatra & others, when necessary for the event
I've helped my clients to celebrate every conceivable occasion, from an intimate private wedding or Birthday party to corporate events for 3000 guests, or 4th Of July events for 60,000 people. Depending on the musical preferences of my clients, I can cover a lot of diverse musical territory. If the event has a wide mix of age groups, I'll play music from the 1960's to 2021. Sometimes the evening is all new songs, sometimes it's 70's & 80's music, depending on who's attending... I encourage my clients to "cherry-pick" my song list, and suggest a special new song for me to learn.
Although I'm based near Los Angeles, my work often involves travel - In the last 10 years, I've played over 1600 gigs worldwide, from New York City to Vancouver, Kauai to Las Vegas.... Planes, trains & automobiles are no problem for me. I try to keep my travel costs as reasonable as possible. Let's discuss your event, I'm sure we can work together.
For Brides, I'll play just about anything, including traditional instrumental versions of "Pachelbels Canon in D" or "The Wedding March", "Over The Rainbow" on a ukelele, or whatever your favorite song might be... For recent Brides, I've learned such songs as "Perfect", "Thinking Out Loud" & "Tenarife Sea" by Ed Sheeran, "Marry Me" by Train, "All Of Me" by John Legend, "On Top Of The World" by Imagine Dragons, "Your One & Only" by Adele, "Just The Way You Are" by Bruno Mars, "Truly Madly Deeply" by Savage Garden, "The Book Of Love" by Peter Gabriel, "You & Me" by Lifehouse, "You & Me" by Dave Matthews, "Then" by Brad Paisley, "I Need You" by Leann Rimes, "Without You" by Keith Urban, "Romeo & Juliet" by Dire Straits, "Open Arms" by Journey, "You Make It Real" by James Morrison, "At Last" by Etta James, I'm learning songs every single day....
Although most of my work is guitar & vocals, I can play about 2 hours of purely instrumental music, if needed - These are all contemporary songs, beautiful recognizable melodies by The Beatles, Jason Mraz, U2, Sting, Coldplay, Rascal Flatts, Peter Gabriel, Black Crows, Bob Marley, Train & others ..... Perfect as contemporary background music for a great celebration.... If you're looking for beautiful instrumental music, but you don't necessarily want Classical music, this might be the perfect solution...
Since 2010, I've played over 1600 Private Events, at the following venues, and for the following companies...
San Ysidro Ranch - Montecito ( Preferred Vendor ) - corporate events & weddings
Belmond El Encanto - Santa Barbara
Ventana Inn - Big Sur ( Preferred Vendor )
Monarch Bay Club/St. Regis Monarch Resort - Dana Point, CA ( Preferred Vendor ) - Guest Events
Sherwood Country Club - Westlake, CA (Preferred Vendor) - Tiger Woods Golf Tournament & lots of events...
Carmel Valley Ranch, Carmel, CA - (Preferred Vendor)
Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain - Tucson, AZ
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn - (Preferred Vendor)
Hillcrest Country Club - Beverly Hills, CA (Preferred Vendor)
Beverly Hills Hotel - The Polo Lounge
Los Angeles Country Club (Preferred Vendor)
Terranea Resort - Palos Verdes, CA - Corporate & Private Events
Purina - Corporate Events
Pelican Hill Resort - Laguna Beach, CA (Preferred Vendor) - Guest & Corporate Events
Westlake Village Inn - Westlake, CA ( Preferred Vendor )
Culinary Institute Of America "Greystone" - St. Helena, CA (Preferred Vendor)
Twin Peaks Ranch, Ojai, CA ( Preferred Vendor )
Mountaingate Country Club - Bel Air, CA (Preferred Vendor)
Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club - Mission Viejo, CA (Preferred Vendor)
Cinnabar Hills Golf Club, San Jose (Preferred Vendor)
Biltmore / Four Seasons Hotel - Santa Barbara - (Preferred Vendor) corporate events & weddings
La Cumbre Country Club - Santa Barbara, CA - Private Event
Bacara Resort - Santa Barbara - corporate & private events
Four Seasons Hotel - Westlake Village, CA - corporate & private events
Balboa Yacht Club - Balboa, CA - (Preferred vendor) Opening Day & member events
Calamigos Ranch - Malibu Canyon, CA (Preferred Vendor)
Doubletree Resort - Santa Barbara - corporate events & weddings
L'Incontro Trattoria - New York City - Birthday
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel - Corporate Casino night
Cartier - Corporate Event
Carnero's Winery - Sonoma, CA
Kunde Winery - Sonoma, CA (Preferred Vendor)
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, CA - Corporate Events
Patek Philippe - Corporate Events @ Pelican Hill, Ritz-Carlton & Sherwood Country Club
Cornell Winery - Malibu Canyon - New Years Eve 2011 & Private Events
King Gillette Ranch - Malibu Canyon, CA
Dos Pueblos Rancho - Santa Barbara - wedding
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - corporate event
Channel Islands Harbor - gourmet wine & food event
Santa Barbara Courthouse - wedding
IBM - corporate event
JW Marriott Resort - Las Vegas - corporate event
Wood's Cove - Laguna Beach - beach wedding
Santa Barbara Zoo - wedding
Amgen - corporate events
Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain - Tucson, AZ
Hacienda Del Sol - Tucson, AZ
Warner Brothers Studios - Studio party
Sunset/Gower Studios - Anniversary party
Sunstone Winery - Santa Ynez - corporate event
Eagle Castle Winery - Paso Robles - wedding
Saddleback Ranch - Malibu - wedding
Squaw Valley - Lake Tahoe - wedding
Channel Cat Catamaran - Santa Barbara - Dream Foundation events
Firestone Winery - Los Olivos - corporate events & weddings
Granada Theater - Santa Barbara - Concerts & fund-raising events
Loew's Santa Monica Beach Hotel - Hotel lounge
Sagebrush Cantina - Calabasas - Legendary Roadhouse...
The Beachcomber - Malibu Pier - restaurant/bar
The Sunset Restaurant - Zuma Beach - beach wedding
Ocean View Villas - San Diego - wedding
Rancho Del Cielo - Malibu - wedding
Mastro's Ocean Club - Laguna Beach - reception
Zuma Beach - beach wedding
Manhattan Beach - beach wedding
Laguna Beach - beach wedding
Half Moon Bay - beach wedding
Warner Center Concerts In The Park - Summer Concerts
The Dream Foundation - supporting adults with life-threatening illness
Autism Speaks - Benefit events for families
Welby Way Elementary School - Grades K-5
Councilman Dennis Zine - holiday staff party
"Cinema Under The Stars" - San Diego - birthday
Cold Springs Tavern - Santa Barbara - wedding
L.A. City-Sponsored Children's Concerts
Masonic Lodge - Santa Barbara - Monthly music event
Rincon Beach Club - Carpinteria - Private Events
.... and many private events in Las Vegas, Hollywood, San Francisco, Napa Valley, Tucson, San Diego, Ojai, Laguna Beach, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Mill Valley, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Bakersfield, Anaheim, Tulare, Tustin, Las Vegas,
and wherever else you might need me....
I can be reached at - Tuckersdad@sbcglobal.net
My I-Phone is (818) 312-7955
Greetings ! Wishing you peace in your heart, in your home, in your town, in your world...
Thanks for taking the time to visit my little website ! Please take a look around..... You'll hear a few recent music tracks on each of these pages, accessible through the "tabs" above..... You'll also see a current song list, an updated event schedule, recent client reviews & and lots of useful information related to my musical adventures.
It's a beautiful Friday August 5th, 2022 in Southern California... . "The Howling Dog 2022 Tour" is over halfway thru a very busy year.... I just got back from London, Edinburgh & a roadtrip across the USA & back,. I'm thankful to be playing some of the best venues in California, from Wineries in Paso Robles to Boutique hotels in Santa Barbara, Beachfront gigs in Laguna & Redwood weddings in Eureka. I'm booking Private & corporate events thru 2022 / 2023. & I'm available for events of any size in the U.S.A & beyond, Upcoming travel already includes travel to Carmel, Big Sur, Santa Barbara, Las Vegas,. My passport is current & I'm itching to travel. Many clients use their Airline Miles to fly me to their events, wherever they may be ....
I'm now ordained to officiate weddings in California, so it would be my pleasure to perform the ceremony if you'd like, whether or not I play music for your ceremony.... I've played music for over 500 weddings in the last few years, and I've learned how to help a Bride & Groom to create a ceremony that reflects their vision & hope for their new life ahead.... It's a Love Thing.... I would love to help you with this important task.
I just received the kindest note from an Event Producer who hires me for these huge Purina & Paramount Corporate events 8 times in the last 5 years. He wrote "Chris, as always, you're a pleasure to have at our events. You receive more great comments than any performer I've booked over decades of producing". We just did another event together last year in Beverly Hills.
I'm very thankful to be endorsed by Taylor Guitars & to play Taylor Guitars at every gig & recording session... Most of my work is solo guitar, ukulele & vocals... I'm also available as a Duo with an incredible second guitarist, or a Trio with a second guitarist & one of the finest drummers in the world... The Duo & Trio is acoustic/electric, and perfect for receptions & dancing.
One thing I should mention right away.... Yes, I've got a busy schedule, and Yes, I can give you & your event the attention you need & deserve. Here's how we'll do it together.... Today we start a dialogue, however you prefer to communicate. I spend weekdays on the phone & emails with my clients, discussing & updating the musical ingredients of their event - Each event's specific details are kept on a single sheet of paper, updated constantly, and I have an email thread of our correspondence to review for detailed confirmation - As we get about 2 weeks away from your event, I'll be rehearsing your specific songs & we'll touch base often to make sure we've got the musical & logistical details completed - Unless I'm driving, singing or sleeping, I'll do my very best to instantly return your emails & phone messages. Any delay in return correspondence is due to those 3 reasons... I'll arrive at your event at least an hour before my start-time, properly prepared, properly attired & properly equipped for any size or type of venue, including locations without AC power. I bring multiple set-ups, to accommodate multiple locations & I'll set them up beforehand, to insure smooth transitions throughout your evening. I'll play the right songs at the right time, at the right volume. It's a celebration for you & your closest friends. The proper music should reflect the joyous feeling in the room, and help your guests to enjoy each other's company..... That's what I promise to do for you.
It's wonderful how each event requires different music and a unique focus for each celebration, no two are alike.... Last week's musical task was a perfect example - I was sitting here learning "Sunrise, Sunset" from Fiddler On The Roof, while at the same time, I'm polishing up three 80's "power ballads" by Van Halen& Alice In Chains for a beach wedding the day before... ya gotta laugh.... Last month it was Ed Sheeran & Lady Antebellum... For October's gig in Hawaii, they requested music by Allison Krauss, Train, Bob Marley & Richard Marx..... Recently, it was The Zac Brown Band, 2 instrumental Journey songs & a Justin Bieber tune - An odd combination, but it was all perfect. The Bride cried when she thanked me at the end of the evening..... Another party also required some Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, and Incubus tunes, so it's a wide world of favorite songs.....
I just won Gigmasters "Best Of 2021" Award, for the 6th consecutive year, for my 100% 5-Star Client Reviews & being among the top Acoustic Guitarists in California for 2021. Thank You, GM for all the great work & musical adventures.
Why I love my job, reason #100.... last August 10th was my 100th event of last year, and I received this note in the mail from the client - " Dear Christopher - We are so blessed to possess a lifetime of phenomenal memories of this day. We cannot thank you enough for sharing your soothing & remarkable voice, and extensive repertoire of songs. Your composure & calmness was perfect from the moment you arrived. We are so grateful for your willingness to include a personal request during the evening. Thank you for making this day so enjoyable ".